Showdown at sundown: available light versus off camera flash…

A challenge/annoyance when working with back light is the blown-out sky that results from exposing for the subject. Blah, washed out results can make for a dull image. Off-camera flash to the rescue to add a little drama to the subject at hand.

Goplen-3373  A Boy and his Pickup

The above portrait is available light only.  Flash did not fire.  Sometimes the soft lens flare look is one I want, depending on the subject.  I wanted a strong, vibrant look for this situation so the  lighting above does not match my goals for this portrait.

Goplen-3404pophpcr_richsh2A Man and his Truck

For the portrait above I used 1 Canon Speedlight on ETTL triggered by Pocket Wizards about 6 feet or so from camera right and about 8 feet from subject. I had the flash on a light-weight light stand held by an assistant (Mom) and moved it when necessary for correct effects.  I was able to keep detail in the sky and rim lighting on subject is from the late day sun.
F11 at 1/200 ~ ISO 160 ~ 5D Mark 2 ~ Canon 70-200 IS L lens

I often like a shallow depth of field for portraits, but in this case I also wanted the truck in sharp focus.  High speed sync would have been something to consider to allow a wide open aperture, but this aperture seems to work fine for now.

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Campfire Cooking ~ Corn on the cob

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. ~ Anne Bronte

Corn is a type of grass and every row has an even number of kernels.  There is one strand of silk for each kernel on a cob.

Campfire cooking has never been my area of expertise, but our son-in-law cooked delicious, tender sweet corn for us while on a recent camping excursion.

Oakwood2013-1050329Soak the corn in a salt water brine for a half hour to hour.

Oakwood2013-1050333The firewood has burned down to a white ash appearance so the corn can be put on the grate.

Oakwood2013-1050335Cook 5 minutes and turn.

Oakwood2013-1050338Cook another 5 minutes and turn again.

Oakwood2013-1050341Cook another 5 minutes and turn.

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Cook another 5 minutes. Total cooking time about 20 minutes with turning every 5 minutes.
Oakwood2013-1050342Husks are removed and the corn is ready to eat.